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Re: [PATCH] xfs: don't look forever in xfs_inode_ag_walk during async in

To: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] xfs: don't look forever in xfs_inode_ag_walk during async inode flushes
From: Christoph Hellwig <hch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 14:32:42 -0400
Cc: xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
In-reply-to: <1302157685-3966-1-git-send-email-david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
References: <1302157685-3966-1-git-send-email-david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)
On Thu, Apr 07, 2011 at 04:28:05PM +1000, Dave Chinner wrote:
> From: Dave Chinner <dchinner@xxxxxxxxxx>
> 
> When the underlying inode buffer is locked and xfs_sync_inode_attr()
> is doing a non-blocking flush, xfs_iflush() can return EAGAIN. When
> this happen??, clear the error rather than returning it to
> xfs_inode_ag_walk(), as returning EAGAIN will result in the AG walk
> delaying for a short while and trying again. This can result in
> background walks getting stuck on the one AG until inode buffer is
> unlocked by some other means.
> 
> This behaviour was noticed when analysing event traces followed by
> code inspection and verification of the fix via further traces.

It's a bit sad that we have two callers now that need to explicitly
ignore the EAGAIN and only one that actually cares, but until we
get rid of VFS-dirty inodes and ->write_inode it looks like we
can't do anything about it.


Reviewed-by: Christoph Hellwig <hch@xxxxxx>

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